Parade of Pumpkins
Henry Arts Alliance Parade of Pumpkins is an opportunity to promote arts and literacy in the community. Every year since 2003, local artists and businesses are asked by the Alliance to pick a storybook character and paint a pumpkin featuring that character. Pumpkins painted in the past include characters from Monster’s Inc., Cat in the Hat, Pete the Cat, Sponge bob Square Pants, and many, many more. The 2018 Parade of pumpkins will be on display at Henry Piedmont Hospital.
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Parade of Pumpkins Pops up at Piedmont Henry
Stockbridge, Ga. (Oct. 6, 2021) – Piedmont Henry Hospital has been the first stop of Henry Arts
Alliance’s Parade of Pumpkins since its inception in 2003. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic kept the
event from taking place. This year, the pumpkins will stay at the hospital as a way to spread some cheer
to physicians, staff members, and patients.
“The Henry Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization for all of the arts organizations in the county and we
are all one hundred percent behind the hospital,” said Lynna Schmidt, President of Henry Arts Alliance.
“We just want them to know we’re thinking of them and they are loved.”
The 20 pumpkins are all created by local artists and based upon children’s books to promote literacy and
encourage reading. This year, they have an additional goal of brightening the day of a healthcare worker.
Directors from departments throughout Piedmont Henry are choosing their favorite pumpkin to display
throughout the month of October. They will then raffle their pumpkin off to a staff member at the end of
“Our friends at The Henry Arts Alliance have been amazing partners for years, but they have done some
incredible things during the pandemic,” said Lily Henson, M.D., CEO of Piedmont Henry. “They have
provided beautiful pieces of chalk art at our entrances, signs and posters of encouragement throughout
the hospital, decorations for holidays, and now these fantastic pumpkins. Art can be very healing and our
staff members truly appreciate these beautiful and generous acts.”
Fall Story Telling
This events takes place at the McDonough Library. This is free and open to children of all ages and their families. The 1st Storytelling Festival began in Oct of 2003 and has been a popular event ever since it’s fabulous start. The Southern Order of Storytellers have been telling ghost stories and fun stories about local legends since the event’s beginning in 2003. Come out and hear the truly wonderful art of storytelling from this amazing group. The Festival starts with a costume parade through the library for the children. There are stories for all ages (children and adult), with crafts for children, goody bags, the Parade of Pumpkins and light refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Henry Arts Alliance, Henry County Library Systems, Piedmont Henry Medical Center, Southern Order of Storytellers and Ortho Atlanta..